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Gore Verbinski explains why BioShock film sank without trace

on 16 February 2011

A movie adaptation of BioShock has failed to emerge from the depths due to director Gore Verbinski being unable to find a suitable backer willing to invest in a flick that adhered to the series’ R-rated roots.

Speaking to the chaps at ComingSoon.net, the Pirates of the Caribbean director said he was unable to find anyone interested in coughing up the dough for the project, and didn’t fancy plumping for a PG-13 rated effort.

"I couldn't really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R rating," he revealed.

"Alternately, I wasn't really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version. Because the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing. I just wanted to really, really make it a movie where, four days later, you're still shivering and going, 'Jesus Christ!'... It's a movie that has to be really, really scary, but you also have to create a whole underwater world, so the price tag is high. We just didn't have any takers on an R-rated movie with that price tag."

Elsewhere, he also stated his belief that the film would have been perfectly suited to a 3D viewing experience:

"[Bioshock] would be a great movie to do in 3D,” he said. I'd like to go into that world wearing a pair of glasses. I think in general, gaming is perfect for 3D. Anything where you're the protagonist. The kid in 'The Shining' on the big wheel, going around corridors. That's what 3D is perfect for. To make people feel on-edge."

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